Coral’s Premier League Awards 2014/15: Foreign Player of the Season
It’s awards season, and we at Coral are holding our own as the Premier League campaign approaches the run-in.
We’ve seen superb signings shine and homegrown heroes hailed this term, and there will be several categories, though players can only be nominated in a maximum of two to ensure everyone a fair crack.
Next up are our top picks for foreign player of the season, as we celebrate the best imports to have arrived and impress from overseas.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Hazard has enthralled since setting foot on English soil with his bag of tricks back in 2012, but has sharpened his skill-set significantly under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage over the past two terms.
The influence of the ‘Special One’ has certainly borne fruit this season, as Hazard has hit 12 and assisted 10 in just 30 league outings, and so become more effective but no less explosive.
A future potential Ballon d’Or contender, the sky is the limit for Chelsea’s wing wizard. Watch him at his brilliant best here:
David Silva (Manchester City)
Silva has shown with aplomb this season that it is never too late to add a new dimension to your game. The silky Spain conductor has long been pulling City’s strings, but has recently added more end product to his artistry, becoming a genuine goal threat during the Sky Blues’ striker crisis.
Having struck only 11 times in the two terms prior to this one, sensational Silva has already reached that number of nets, and may yet surpass it. See a selection of the productive playmaker’s superb skills below:
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Silva’s clubmate Aguero (13/8 to lift the league with Man City) may have hit patchy form of late, but the Argentine’s excellent early campaign performances ensure he still makes the grade.
Despite being sidelined through ligament injury for a time, City’s leading league scorer has still grabbed 17 goals. The potent poacher has also proven decisive, striking against top teams such as Tottenham and Manchester United.
Currently two-shy of hitting his 100th across all competitions for the Sky Blues, Aguero became the Etihad outfit’s all-time top Premier League scorer this season. View the sharpshooter sinking Spurs in style here:
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Despite homegrown hero Harry Kane’s headline grabbing goal return, Eriksen is arguably the jewel in Tottenham’s crown, and is 14/1 to help them to a top four finish.
Increasingly influential, intelligent Eriksen’s mix of grace and guile is crucial to Mauricio Pochettino’s gameplan. Able to orchestrate from several positions across midfield, the Dane has shown diversity and flexibility this campaign.
Just like Silva, Eriksen has also sharpened his scoring boots this season, netting nine and adding yet another string to his already sensational bow by acquiring a penchant for late goals.
Take a peek at Eriksen’s cracking crossbar challenge:
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)
Another Chelsea talent makes our final cut, but with good reason, as midfield anchorman Matic is a man of many talents, and is the base of the Blues’ successful spine.
Far from the defensive-minded muscle man that was expected, the Serbia star has showcased impressive tactical nous and the ability to instigate attacks, as well as pick out a pass.
Dictating from deep, few find a way past the midfield shield, and the Blues notably lack poise and presence in his absence. Should the London club lift the title, the addition of Matic last season will be seen as a defining moment.
Watch Matic show off his surprisingly silky skills here:
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
In contrast to striking peer Aguero, goal machine Giroud has hit form late on, at a crucial time for the Gunners. The formidable French forward’s numbers demand inclusion, with 14 strikes in just 20 league outings a truly impressive haul.
Despite an injury-hit campaign and a few off days, Giroud has been one of Arsenal’s consistent and reliable players, slotting home seven in his last six to give the Gunners a chance of finishing in second spot, which would be their highest finish in a decade.
Take a gander at Giroud’s top goals here: